Opening Day Approaches
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sweet Home Chicago
Flew back to Chicago last night after six weeks in Glendale. Nice to be home, see my family, sit on my own couch watching my own TV, sleep in my own bed and actually drive my own car this morning.
Thanks to all for making my transition back easier by arranging for these 80-degree temps in Chicago for today and tomorrow. Forecast for Monday keeps getting better, too (65 degrees, 20 pct chance of rain).
Final Roster Moves
KW, Rick Hahn and Ozzie made the final roster moves on Wednesday to get us down to 25 guys (I’m sure by now you’ve seen them). The final decisions really revolved around Sergio Santos making the team (what a story!) and Jayson Nix making the club over Brent Lillibridge.
The last seven guys were told Wednesday … never an easy morning, but the last two conversations were special.
With MLBNetwork cameras running, Santos was told he had made the club. The crew followed him out to the field and then filmed as he passed the good news along to his friends and family.
The last conversation was with Randy Williams. After years of not making a Major League Opening Day roster — in fact, on several occasions being the last guy cut — Williams was told he had earned a spot.
Of course, this is the White Sox, so it is never that easy. First, we had to scare the poor guy by calling him in and telling him that we had received an offer for him from another team and that he had been traded! The joke was quickly over and everyone congratulated the veteran reliever.
Back at the ballpark today in beautiful weather, it was great to see all the work underway getting ready for Opening Day. Workmen were all over both dugouts, the grass looks amazingly green (Roger is the best), and the outside of the ballpark was getting sprayed down with power hoses. Can’t wait for Monday.
This will be White Sox Opening Day No. 20 for me. I’d love to hear all of your favorite moments (on the field or off). Take a minute to share them with me, and with other fans, by posting on this entry.
Opening Day Details
Opening Day ceremonies at U.S. Cellular Field will feature a special tribute and ceremonial first pitch by the four members of the Chicago Blackhawks who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, along with a pregame acoustic and National Anthem performance by The BoDeans, one of America’s premier rock bands.
Patrick Kane (United States), Duncan Keith (Canada), Brent Seabrook (Canada) and Jonathan Toews (Canada) all participated in the Winter Olympics. Keith, Seabrook and Toews won Gold for host Canada and Kane took home Silver as a member of America’s team. Toews also was voted best forward of the Games.
Prior to the first pitch Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas of the BoDeans will play a special acoustic set on the field. Hailing from Waukesha, Wis., the BoDeans are promoting the release of MR. SAD CLOWN, their debut collection of fifteen original songs, which will be released on Tuesday, April 6.
Opening Day Sox Shots
I think this could be pretty cool …
WHITE SOX CALL ON FANS TO CAPTURE THEIR ‘SOX SHOTS’ ON OPENING DAY
Fans Asked to Photograph Mark Buehrle’s Record-Setting First Pitch and Post on whitesox.com
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox are asking fans attending Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field to photograph Mark Buehrle’s record-setting first pitch and post their image on whitesox.com. Fan images of the Buehrle’s first pitch will be posted in a special gallery, ‘Sox Shots: Opening Day,’ on the White Sox website.
Mark Buehrle’s start vs. Cleveland on Monday, April 5 (1:05 p.m.) will be his eighth Opening Day start as a member of the team, breaking White Sox legend Billy Pierce’s club-record of seven starts on Opening Day.
The Sox Shots page will stream in real-time as fans send in their images. White Sox fans should email or MMS their personal photo or video (up to 3MB in file size) of the first pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with their Opening Day message (150 characters or less) as the subject line. After the first pitch, fans also are encouraged to submit other photos from their Opening Day experience at U.S. Cellular Field.
“We hope White Sox fans from all over the ballpark will capture the first pitch of the 2010 season on their mobile phones,” said Scott Reifert, White Sox vice president of communications. “By immediately uploading the images to whitesox.com, fans can create a 360-degree virtual image of the historic first pitch.”
White Sox Opening Day also will feature a special tribute and ceremonial first pitch by four members of the Chicago Blackhawks who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and a National Anthem performance by The BoDeans.
So basically, snap a photo of the first pitch on your phone and send it to us. We’ll post them all on a gallery and when you get home that night, you can check them out. Feel free to send any/all of your images from Monday. But we really want as many different angles of the first pitch as we can get.
What It Means to Be A White Sox
White Sox fans of all ages must watch “What It Means to Be A White Sox” on Sunday night at 7 pm on WGN-TV.
I had the chance today to get a sneak peek at the show, and it features great footage and personal commentary from the greatest White Sox stars about the championship teams and moments that make this franchise so great. The companion book is terrific as well. I gave a copy to my dad in spring training and each day he would tell me about what he read the night before.
“The one thing that comes through on each interview with a former player,” he said, “is how much respect they have for Jerry Reinsdorf.”
“I know, dad, I know.”
To get more information about the show, expertly done by WGN’s Bob Vorwald, Click here.